Federal officials say that a state has agreed to change its ways after child welfare workers sought to remove children from their mom and dad allegedly because of the parents’ low IQs.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights said it has reached a voluntary resolution agreement with the Oregon Department of Human Services. Under the agreement, the state agency will follow laws protecting the rights of parents with disabilities and has committed to update its policies and procedures, create new training and undergo monitoring.
The Oregon agency “will ensure that its safety requirements are based on actual risks that pertain to the individual parent and not on mere speculation, generalizations or stereotypes about individuals with disabilities,” the agreement states.
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